We are living in a very fast world; everything around us is changing and moving at a very rapid pace. In midst of all this we become so lost that we forget to breathe, we forget to live and most importantly we forget to love; we forget humanity.
I always believed that even though we have categorized ourselves into different nations, races and different religions; there is one thing that binds us all and that is humanity. We are all humans and this makes us all equal. Then again to think like this is one and to act on it is a totally different thing. When you really want something, when you are truly passionate about something then fate brings you a chance to grab your destiny. I got my chance to start my journey as a philanthropist when I got admission in dentistry.
Our affiliated hospital was a government hospital. There, I got the chance to treat people who were living under unfavorable circumstances. They were the people who barely got enough resources to make their ends meet. Caring about their teeth was least of their concern. The reason for their visit at the hospital most of the time was the toothache and they always preferred extraction of the tooth which would save both their time and money.
Seeing all this misery for more than 5 years I made it my purpose that I would make a change to this even if it is to make a tiny ripple in the whirlpool. Provision of proper dental treatment for unprivileged population of the society became my mission statement. After graduation I joined a private dental practice and started making plans for the betterment of oral health of my society.
I find myself lucky that my partner dentists had a similar mindset. We established a state-of-art dental practice and equipped ourselves with the latest gadgets available, ensuring the best dental treatment to every patient visiting us. Our team of dentists declared our clinic as the base camp of social activities as well. We would use the logistics, materials and equipment from the clinic, and arranged free dental camps at different locations within our reach. The needy patients are always referred to our clinic where the specialist in our team would treat them free of cost.
Our social services have moved to a next level since we registered ourselves as ‘Sherwani Dental Welfare Foundation’. Now there is a board of directors, who regularly set up meetings and decide the agenda and roadmap for future activities. There is a team of volunteers always available to help managing camps with us. This year alone we have planned to visit more than 50 highly needed government schools of Lahore city.
I envision my initiative being endorsed by the dental community and general public alike. If the mobilization is done properly, the children of my society will be educated about Oral Health. This would not just improve their quality of life, but also decrease a lot of burden on the health system. Prevention is better than cure and more than 90% of dental problems are those which could be prevented by better oral hygiene and oral health education.